Yishai announces new 193-day Daylight Saving Time calendar

June 6, 2011 09:41


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Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced Monday that the special committee designed to establish a new "summer clock" has recommended to set Daylight Saving Time 193 days between the end of March, and October 1.

Yishai said he would take the committee's recommendations, which were agreed upon unanimously, and implement them starting this year.

The interior minister commended the committees work, saying "they sat and determined [the change] independently. We gave them the freedom to examine the international situation, the consequences of the change, and the savings we may accrue in energy and if there will be any impact on the road."

Prior to the new Daylight Saving Time, the "summer clock" began after Pesach and ended the weekend between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. That meant that in 2010, the clock entered winter time September 12, considered very early, and sparked public outrage and pressure to update the system that had been in place since 2005.

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